Scout Ambassador’s Tool Chest Table of Contents

The Scout Ambassador Toolchest

Finding Charter Partners

Organizing New Packs, Troops and Crews (Units)

4.TopKingsPeak.ColorScouting Ambassadors need information and skills now to help with the transition facing our Council. Many things you know about Scouting will be the same, but the very business of individual Pack and Troop unit-operation is about to undergo a tectontic shift. 

While the Church will no longer be a chartered partner of BSA or sponsor Scouting units after December 31, 2019, it continues to support the goals and values reflected in the Scout Oath and Scout Law and expresses its profound desire for Scouting’s continuing and growing success in the years ahead… The Church honors Scouting organizations for their continued goal to develop character and instill values in youth. The lives of hundreds of thousands of young men, along with their families and communities, have been blessed by Scouting organizations worldwide.—Church News
On July 16th, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent this notice to members: The Church will discontinue its participation in Scouting on December 31, 2019, …. Anyone who wishes to participate in Scouting may participate in Scouting groups in their local community.”

These new Scout units (pack, troops, and crews) will need a strong parents committee to select new leaders, find meeting locations, open checking accounts, select fundraisers, coordinate new member recruiting, which will include obtaining a charter, registering new youth and parents, and marketing.

These things were all part of the unit-operation we took for granted with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as our primary partner. So while they are launching their in-house youth programs worldwide it is our job to provide interested families and their youth programs just like before. This, of course, will have to fit into family life like after school sports and clubs, but it won’t happen without work.

First and foremost each for us, we will need to know how to build a Pack or Troop from the ground up. But were are in in a highly interested market, making us unlike any other area in the Boy Scouts of America. That means that many of the national resources will not work well here;  others will be vital to our growth. So this new site on our blog is designed to help you build a tool chest for success. 

Of course, there has to be some packs, troops and crews (units) organized for us to do that.  It is time for you to get together to nail down plans for units in your area. Finding a charter partner with meeting space is the first taks first task. Using a school would be the best possibility, but without the PTA support, this is unlikely, although some PTOs do charter Scouts. School clubs are a possibility.

The next course of action is recruiting youth to the units. For now, our focus in these posts will be troops to help boys continue on the path to Eagle. But early next year packs, female troops, and crews will all be a concern. In the coming weeks we will show you how by putting posts like these into your toolchest:

Other Subjects You May Find Useful

Pack and Den Recruiting

New-Unit Development

Marketing Support

Council and District Recruiting

Program Resources

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